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Not So Scary Scarecrows

Otis and the Scarecrow written and illustrated by Loren Long

When the farmer places a scarecrow in the cornfield, Otis the tractor and the farm animals try to make friends, but the scarecrow remains silent with a sour look on his face throughout the summer and fall.

Samurai Scarecrow : a Very Ninja Halloween written and illustrated by Rubin Pingk

Yukio gets tired of his little sister, Kashi, questioning and copying him, but on Halloween, when Samurai Scarecrow frightens him and demands candy, Yukio refuses to give up Kashi’s.

The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry

All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing. He saves the tiny baby crow. Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?

Scarecrow Magic by Ed Masessa

When night falls and the moon appears, magic is in the air and Scarecrow comes alive and plays with all his ghoulish and ghostly friends.

The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown

Early one morning, a little scarecrow whose father warns him that he is not fierce enough to frighten a crow, goes out into the cornfield alone.

The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston

A lonely scarecrow with a scary face has trouble making friends with the animals who surround him, until a heavy snowfall transforms him into a jolly snowman.

The Scarecrow and his Servant by Pullman, Philip

A scarecrow and his boy servant, Jack, set off on a dangerous adventure as they try to outwit the crooked Buffaloni family and stake their claim to valuable Spring Valley.

The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown

Chicken thinks Scarecrow’s hat will make a nice nest, but first she must swap with Badger, Crow, Sheep, Owl, and Donkey.

Waltz of the Scarecrows by Constance W. McGeorge

While staying with her grandparents on their farm, Sarah discovers the secret behind the local tradition of dressing the scarecrows in formal gowns and fancy coats.

Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant

Although made of straw and borrowed clothes, a scarecrow appreciates his peaceful, gentle life and the privilege of watching nature at work.

Nothing at All by Denys Cazet

As the farm slowly comes to life, each animal stirs and speaks in his own distinctive voice, but the scarecrow says nothing until he discovers a mouse in his pants.

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All Kinds of Crows!

The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry

All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing. He saves the tiny baby crow. Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?

Harold Loves His Woolly Hat

Harold is a very special bear who always wears a woolly hat, so when a crow steals the hat from him, he tries to win it back.

Crow Not Crow by Jane Yolen

Tells the story of a child’s first birding expedition on a golden autumn day.

Lila and the Crow written and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Lila is bullied because of her dark skin, but the crows have a solution for that!

Fox and the Crow by Manasi Subramaniam

In this timeless Aesop’s fable, a fox and a crow vie for a piece of bread. The crow has it, but can the fox get it? This breathtakingly beautiful picture book adapted by Manasi Subramaniam and by Culpeo S. Fox is an exploration of this tale. Each page stands alone like a brilliant painting; when the pages come together, they tell us the story like never before.

Little Black Crow by Christopher Raschka

A boy thinks about the life of a little black crow that he sees, wondering where it goes in the snow, where it sleeps, and whether or not it worries like he does.

Crow Call by Lois Lowry

Nine-year-old Liz accompanies the stranger who is her father, just returned from the war, when he goes hunting for crows in Pennsylvania farmland.

The Crow (a not so scary story) by Alison Paul

A dark, creepy shape outside a home might be a pirate, a wizard, or something much less frightening.

Farmer Ham by Alec Sillifant

The crows in Farmer Hams field are very happy. All day long they sit and eat his corn and no matter how often he shouts and waves his arms, they won’t go away. Silly old Farmer Ham. Or is he so silly, after all?

Nonfiction

American Crows by Kristin Petrie

Check out the cawing crow! As part of the Backyard Animals series, this book introduces the unique features of this wild animal. The text covers this bird’s habitat, life cycle, physical characteristics, diet, and defenses. Also included are a range map and a body diagram. In the sky or on the ground, backyard animals are all around!

Harvest Time

The Shadow in the Moon: A Tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival by Christina Matula

Two young sisters celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, admire their mooncakes decorated with a picture of a lady in the moon, and listen to their Ah-ma tell the ancient tale of how the holiday began.

From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! By Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

Grab the wagon, it’s a bright autumn day and the trees are full of ripe, red apples! There’s an apple festival underway at the farm and lots of work to do making cider. This visit finishes with a cider doughnut and a cup of freshly pressed cider. DELICIOUS! Told in crisp, action-driven thymes from a young child’s point of view, From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! is a realistic account of how apple cider is pressed, flavored with the charm and vigor of a harvest celebration.

Pumpkin time! By Erzsi Deak

From the day she plants seeds in her garden until she serves a pumpkin pie after harvest, Evy fails to notice any of the strange things the farm animals do as she works, from donkeys sailing through the sky to pigs dancing around a May Pole.

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

Fall is here, with all its wonderful visual delights–not just colors, but shapes! This clever concept book follows a family on a trip to a pumpkin patch and invites children to pick out shapes from the seasonal scenery–apple bushel circles, square hay bales, diamond kites in the autumn sky!

We Gather Together : Celebrating the Harvest Season by Wendy Pfeffer

The fall equinox signals the time of year when we gather our harvests and give thanks for their bounty. With accessible, lyrical prose and vibrant illustrations, this nonfiction picture book explains the science behind autumn and the social history of harvest-time celebrations.

Acorns and Oak Trees

The Little Guys written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol

The Little Guys might be small, but they aim to be mighty. As they head off to find breakfast, they can conquer anything through teamwork—cross deep waters, dig through obstacles, and climb the tallest trees. Nothing can stop them! But as they begin to amass more than they need, the creatures in the forest ponder—what happens when no one can stop the Little Guys?

Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer

This enchanting and informative picture book explores the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem, relating how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life.

Hector the Collector by Emily Beeny

Hector begins collecting acorns of different sizes and shapes and is teased about it when his classmates find out, until their teacher explains about collections and asks who else has one. Includes author’s note about various kinds of collections.

Acorns everywhere! By Kevin Sherry

An energetic squirrel hoards acorns but forgets where he hid them after being distracted by a berry-gathering bear.

As an Oak Tree Grows by Brian G. Karas

This inventive picture book relays the events of two hundred years from the unique perspective of a magnificent oak tree, showing how much the world can transform from a single vantage point. From 1775 to the present day, this fascinating framing device lets readers watch as human and animal populations shift and the landscape transitions from country to city.

Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Two mice try to figure out how a little acorn turns into a huge oak tree.

A Friend for All Seasons by Julia Hubery

Robbie the Raccoon and his friends love Father Oak and worry that he is sick when his leaves begin to turn color and fall off, but Robbie’s mother explains what the change means and helps him plant some acorns as a sign of hope for spring.

Simple ideas for fall learning activities using real acorns:https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/acorn-fine-motor-fall-sensory-activities-math-science/

How to dry acorns:https://www.wikihow.com/Dry-Acorns-for-Crafts

Shapes

Tangled: A Story about Shapes by Anne Miranda

An unruly gang of sixteen geometric shapes gets tangled in the neighborhood jungle gym until their friend comes to their rescue and order is restored.

Circle by Mac Barnett

When Triangle breaks the rule about not hiding behind the waterfall while playing hide-and-seek with Circle and Square, Circle must rescue him.

Square by Mac Barnett

When his friend Circle asks him to do her portrait after praising him as a sculptor and genius, Square struggles to carve her likeness from a stone block.

Triangle by Mac Barnett

After Triangle plays a trick on Square, Square plans to reciprocate but runs into trouble when he tries to enter the triangular doorway of Triangle’s home.

Sweet Shapes: A Forest of Tasty Shapes written and illustrated by Juana Medina

Introduces different shapes, depicting a forest full of animals created out of tasty confections and pastries.

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes by Hena Khan

In simple rhyming text a young Muslim girl guides the reader through the traditions and shapes of Islam.

Round by Joyce Sidman

Newbery-Honor winning poet Joyce Sidman invites readers to search their worlds for round objects in nature. Illustrated with warm, intimate art by two-time New York Times Best Illustrated artist Taeeun Yoo, this fresh celebration shows why we love this shape best.

Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Friends shape who we are. They make us laugh. They fill us with fun. They stand by us during life’s up and downs. And even when we disagree with our friends, if they’re tried-and-true, they don’t stay bent out of shape for long. That’s the beauty of a good buddy. This joyous book rejoices in the simple beauties of friendship, and reminds readers of all ages that it’s good to have a group of pals.

Wild about Shapes by Jérémie Fischer

Acetate inserts printed with abstract shapes transform abstract screen prints into animals, while simultaneously introducing basic color theory.

Walter’s Wonderful Web written and illustrated by Tim Hopgood

A young spider named Walter tries to weave a very sturdy web. Can you pick out the different shapes that are formed while he is working?

All Year Round by Susan B. Katz

Illustrations and short verses introduce shapes associated with each month of the year, such as circles that make up a January snowman, and triangular treats enjoyed in November.

Apples and Robins by Lucie Félix

Using die-cut pages the story explores the shapes and colors of an apple tree through the passing of the seasons.

Go, shapes, go! By Denise Fleming

Circles, rectangles, ovals, arcs, and more have fun moving about, along with a mischievous mouse that wants to play, too.

Circle, square, Moose by Kelly L. Bingham

When Zebra and his enthusiastic friend Moose are asked to exit a book about shapes, Moose has other plans.

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

Fall is here, with all its wonderful visual delights–not just colors, but shapes! This clever concept book follows a family on a trip to a pumpkin patch and invites children to pick out shapes from the seasonal scenery–apple bushel circles, square hay bales, diamond kites in the autumn sky! Felicia Sanzari Chernesky’s sweet verses are perfectly complemented by Susan Swan’s gorgeous collage-inspired art.

Shape activities: https://www.prekinders.com/pre-k-shapes/

Snails and Slugs

Marigold & Daisy by Andrea Zuill

Although Marigold is excited to meet her new snail sister, Daisy, she becomes envious of the attention everyone gives her, but when Marigold reaches her breaking point and decides to run away, she discovers that Daisy may come in handy after all.

Escargot by Dashka Slater

Escargot is a beautiful French snail who only wants to be your favorite animal and get to the delicious salad at the end of the book, even if he has to try a carrot, which he hates.

Waiting for Goliath written and illustrated by Antje Damm

Bear has been sitting and waiting since dawn. “I’m waiting for Goliath,” he tells everyone. “Goliath is coming! He’s my best friend.” At last the bus pulls up. But no one gets out. Yet bear is sure: “He’ll definitely show up. You’ll see!

Norman, the Slug with the Silly Shell written and illustrated by Sue Hendra

Norman is a slug who wants to be a snail, but only if he finds the perfect shell. After trying out some possibilities, he stumbles upon a doughnut.

Snail has Lunch by Mary Peterson

When Snail’s bucket home is turned over, a ladybug takes him on a journey through the vegetable garden, discovering delicious new foods while encountering new animals.

The story of Fish & Snail by Deborah Freedman

Every day, Snail waits for Fish to return and tell him a story but their friendship is tested when Fish asks Snail to take a leap out of their book to actually see a new pirate book in the library.

Snippet the Early Riser by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

A little snail who likes to get up early in the morning has trouble waking up his sleepy family.

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Wanting to sail beyond its rock, a tiny snail hitches a ride on a big humpback whale and then is able to help the whale when it gets stuck in the sand.

Clementine by Sebastian Loth

Story of a snail who loved round things and had great determination as well as dreams.

Rainy Day Slug by Mary Palenick Colburn

One rainy day, a slug goes for a walk in the wide, wide world, going scrass, scrass, scrass through the tall, green grass, scuddle, scuddle, scuddle in a deep rain puddle, and scrape, scrape, scrape down a long, pink drape.

Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson

Marylou and Herbie, two garden slugs, write love poems in slime to one another but have trouble actually meeting.

Super Slug of Doom : a Super Happy Magic Forest story written and illustrated by Matty Long

When Blossom the Unicorn accidentally releases Zorgoth the slug from captivity, the reluctant heroes of the Super Happy Magic Forest must find a way stop him from drinking the potion of power which will give him the ability to destroy the forest.

Snail-Snaily-Snails by Bonnie Bader

Introduces the world of snails, sharing key characteristics while explaining how they are regarded as both a pest and a delicacy.

Nonfiction

Snails are Just My Speed! By Kevin McCloskey

Did you know snails build roads like engineers and go undercover in camouflage like spies? Did you know they can be smaller than a seed or bigger than a grown-ups hand?

Live Snail Activities:

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/lessonplans/animals/snails.html

Make a snail habitat:

http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2014/04/make-snail-habitat-snail-anatomy.html

Airplanes and Airports

The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

An exploratory journey through the airport.

Yoko Finds Her Way by Rosemary Wells

When Yoko gets lost in the airport, she uses her sign-reading skills to find her way back to her mama.

Flight 1-2-3 by Maria Van Lieshout

A boy counts his way through the airport and onto the plane as it flies towards its destination.

Richard Scarry’s A day at the airport by Richard Scarry

Rudolf Von Flugel takes Huckle, Sally, and Lowly on a tour of the airport.

Five Trucks by Brian Floca

Five different trucks do five different jobs to get an airplane ready for takeoff.

All Kinds of Planes by Carl Johanson

This partly true, partly fictitious book from the wonderfully wacky mind of Swedish illustrator Carl Johanson is a fantastic collection of planes and other zany forms of air transportation.

How to Eat an Airplane by Peter Pearson

Provides instructions for hosting a dinner party, following proper etiquette, at which one serves an airplane, beginning with the cockpit instruments and ending with the tail section. Includes facts about the various parts and how they function.

Little Plane Learns to Write by Stephen Savage

Little Plane learns to write by practicing his skywriting.

Airplanes Take Off and Land by Patrick T. McBriarty

Experience a day in the life of Pilot Stacey and her nephew Little Harry as they take a flight aboard Crow-Flies Airline flight #6. You will learn, along with Little Harry, all about the inner workings of the airplane, and the many individual steps every pilot goes through before taking off and landing.

Planes fly! By George Ella Lyon

Illustrations and easy-to-read rhyming text celebrate different kinds of planes, their instruments, what they carry, and what it is like to go for a flight.

Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton

Rhyming text introduces air travel, from the airport to the flight deck, with information about how planes fly, safety rules, in-flight entertainment, and air traffic control.

Straw and paper airplane: https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-make-straw-and-paper-airplanes

Paper helicopter template and instructions: https://therapyfunzone.net/blog/paper-helicopter/

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